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Flint Group admits Dundee site could close

Packaging and printing solutions provider Flint Group has announced that its ‘Transfer Media’ site in Dundee, Scotland, is at risk of closure

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Flint Group’s Transfer Media site in Dundee, Scotland, employs 117 people

In a statement announcing the possible closure, Flint Group cited a decline in the print media market as the main reason behind the decision. 

The Dundee site currently employs 117 members of staff and produces printing consumables for customers across Europe, but has been hit by what Flint Group described as an “irreversible decline” in printing of newspapers, magazines, and other publications.

“We’re extremely disappointed to have to make this announcement today, especially since our team in Dundee has worked so hard to improve our cost and delivery performance,” comments, David Wood, operations manager at Dundee.

The structural changes in the marketplace are clearly irreversible and demand for our products is falling fast as digital innovations continue to drive people away from print media

“The structural changes in the marketplace are clearly irreversible and demand for our products is falling fast as digital innovations continue to drive people away from print media.”

Flint Group added that its Transfer Media arm, which also has two sites in the United States, has been adversely impacted by this market decline, with the firm taking action to address the resulting excess capacity to remain competitive.

Tony Lord, vice-president and general manager of Flint Group’s Print Media Europe division, adds: “Communication and consultation with our employees and their representatives will now be a key priority during this difficult time. 

We remain totally committed to delivering first-class products within our standard European lead times

“A further announcement will be made at the end of the consultation period.”

“We want to reassure our customers that despite the current consultation period about to start in Dundee, our supply chain will continue to run as normal and there will be no negative impact on existing or new orders. 

“We remain totally committed to delivering first-class products within our standard European lead times.”

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